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OWNER'S MANUAL 

VERY IMPORTANT: 

Save This Booklet. Carefully read this entire manual before using your new Browning firearm ; 



RECOILLESS TRAP SINGu: BAEREL 



SHOTGUN 



NEW GUN OWNERS RECORD 



KEEP THIS RECORD FOR FUTURE REFERENCE 

Browning Model 



Serial Number 



Gauge I Caliber 



Purchase Price 



Purchased From 



Date of Purchase 



The Browning Recoilless is the first and only shotgun design thai actually eliminates recoil. You'll find the 
Recoilless shotgun comfortable and enjoyable to shoot, especially on all day shoots. The Recoilless shotgun 
will improve your trap scores and raise your level of confidence. With a reasonable amount of care, your 
Recoilless shotgun should give you many years of dependable shooting. Please feel free to write us immedi- 
ately if you have any observations regarding its performance and operation. 




Browning 



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Primed in Japan 940210 



RECOILLESS TRAP IK ^ 



You Are 

Responsible For 
Firearms Safety. 

As a gun owner, you accept a set of demanding re- 
sponsibilities. How seriously you lake these respon- 
sibilities can mean the difference between life and 
death. Failure to follow any of these instructions can 

cause extensive damage to your gun and/or pos- 
sible serious injury or death to yourself and others. 

THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR CARELESS OR 
ABUSIVE HANDLING OF ANY FIREARM. AT ALL 
TIMES HANDLE ANY FIREARM WITH INTENSE 
RESPECT FOR ITS POWER AND POTENTIAL 
DANGER. 

READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE CAU- 
TIONS AND PROPER HANDLING PROCEDURES 
OUTLINED IN THIS BOOKLET BEFORE USING 
YOUR NEW FIREARM. 



3 WHENEVER YOU HANDLE ANY FIREARM, OR 
HAND IT TO SOMEONE, MAKE SURE IT IS 
COMPLETELY UNLOADED. 

Always open the action immediately, and visu- 
ally check the chamber. Make certain that the 
chamber does not inadvertently contain any am- 
munition. Always keep the chamber empty un- 
less shooting is imminent. 

A DO NOT TRANSPORT ANY FIREARM 
LOADED. 

Keep all firearms unloaded during transport, 
whether stored in a holster, gun case, scabbard 
or other container. 

5 BEWARE OF BARREL OBSTRUCTIONS. 

Do this for the safety of both your gun and 
yourself. Mud, snow, and an infinite variety of 
other objects may inadvertently lodge in a barrel 
bore. It takes only one small obstruction to 
cause dangerously increased pressures that can 
niin (swell or rupture) the finest barrels. 



1 AL WA YS KEEP THE MUZZLE OF ANY 
FIREARM POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. 

Do this even though you are certain it is un- 
loaded. Never point any firearm at anything you 
do not intend to shoot. Be extremely alert and 
aware of all persons and property within the 
range of your ammunition. 

2 CAUTION: THE RECOILLESS SHOTGUN HAS 
NO MANUAL SAFETY. 

A trap shooter does not load his or her gun until 
moments before a bird is called for. For this rea- 
son, and because trapshooting demands intense 
concentration on shooting technique, no manual 
safety is provided on your Reeoilless shotgun. 
There is then no chance for a lost bird by reason 
of the safety l)eing inadvertently left "on safe.*' 

LOAD YOUR RECOILLESS TRAP GUN ONLY 
WHEN SHOOTING IS IMMINENT. ONCE 
LOADED, THIS GUN IS READY TO FIRE AND 
SHOULD BE RESPECTED AS SUCH. 

NEVER TEST THE MECHANISM OF ANY 
FIREARM WHILE IT IS LOADED OR POINTED 
IN AN UNSAFE DIRECTION. 



BEFORE CHECKING FOR A BARREL 
OBSTRUCTION, BE CERTAIN YOUR FIREARM 
IS FULLY UNLOADED. 

Make sure no live round is in the chamber by 
opening the action. Look through the barrel to 
be sure it is clear of any obstruction. If an ob- 
struction is seen, no matter how small it may Ik*. 
dean the bore with a cleaning rod and patch as 
described later in this manual. Before the first 
firing, clean the bore with a cleaning rod and 
patch, and wipe away any anti-rust compounds 
in the action/chamber areas. 

6 ALWAYS COMPLETELY UNLOAD ALL 
FIREARMS WHEN NOT IN USE. 

Store your gun and ammunition separately — 
well l>eyond the reach of children. Your respon- 
sibilities do not end when your firearm is unat- 
tended. Take all safeguards to ensure that any 
firearm does not become available to untrained, 
inexperienced or unwelcome hands. 



7 USE THE PROPER AMMUNITION. 

The barrel and action of all Browning firearms 
have been made with substantial safely margins 
over the pressures developed by established 
American commercial loads. Nevertheless, 
Browning assumes no liability for incidents 
which occur through the use of cartridges of 
nonstandard dimensions which develop pres- 
sures in excess of commercially available ammu- 
nition which has been loaded in accordance 
with standards established by the Sporting Arms 
and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute 
(SAAMI). 

BE ALERT TO THE SIGNS OF AMMUNITION 
MALFUNCTION. IF YOU DETECT AN OFF 

SOUND OR LIGHT RECOIL WHEN A SHELL IS 
FIRED, DO NOT LOAD ANOTHER SHELL INTO 
THE CHAMBER. 

Open the action and remove the shell from the 
chamber. With the action open, glance down 
the barrel to make sure that a wad or other ob- 
struction does not remain in the barrel. Com- 



The most certain way to bulge or rupture a shot- 
gun barrel is to drop a 20 gauge shell into a 12 
gauge chamber. The 20 gauge shell, unfortu- 
nately, will not fall completely through the bar- 
rel; its rim is caught by the front of a 12 gauge 
chamber. Your gun will misfire (with the cham- 
ber appearing to be empty). It is then possible 
to load a 12 gauge shell behind the 20 gauge 
shell. If the 12 gauge shell is then fired, the re- 
sult will be a so-called "12-20 burst" which can 
cause extensive damage to your gun and pos- 
sible serious injury to you and others. 

9 USE SHELLS OF THE CORRECT LENGTH. 

Do not use 3-1/2" shotgun shells in a shotgun or 
barrel with a 2-3/4" chaml>er or 3" chamber. Do 
not use 3" shells in a shotgun chambered for a 
2-3/4" shells. Doing so can result in a build-up 
of dangerously high pressures that may damage 
your gun and possibly cause serious injury to 
yourself or others. 

The size of the chamber is inscribed, along with 
gauge and choke designations, on the side of 
the barrel. 



pletely clear the barrel More loading and firing 
again. Failure to follow these instructions can 
cause extensive damage to your gun and possible 
serious injur)' to yourself and others. 

MAKE SURE OF ADEQUA TE VENTILATION IN 
THE AREA THAT YOU DISCHARGE A 
FIREARM. WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY 

AFTER EXPOSURE TO AMMUNITION OR 
CLEANING A FIREARM. 

Lead exposure can be obtained from discharging 
firearms in poorly ventilated areas, cleaning fire- 
arms or handling ammunition. Lead is a sub- 
stance that has been known to cause birth de- 
fects, reproductive harm and oilier serious injury. 

8 NEVER INSERT A SHELL OF THE INCORRECT 
GAUGE IN ANY SHOTGUN. 

The gauge of your shotgun is marked on the side 
of the barrel. Store all shells of different gauges in 
completely separate and well-marked containers. 
Never store shells of mixed gauges in a common 
container or in your pockets. 

EXAMINE EVERY SHELL YOU PUTIN YOUR 
GUN. NEVER PUT A 20 GAUGE SHELL IN A 12 

GAUGE GUN. 



10 DO NOT SNAP THE FIRING PIN ON AN EMPTY 
CHAMBER — THE CHAMBER MA Y NOT BE 
EMPTY! 

Treat every gun with the respect due a 
loaded gun. even though you are certain 
the gun is unloaded. 

11 KEEP YOUR FINGERS AWAY FROM THE 
TRIGGER WHILE UNLOADING AND LOADING, 
UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT. 

12 BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND BACK- 
STOP. 

Particularly during low light periods. 
Know the range of your ammunition. 
Never shoot at water or hard objects. 

13 ALWAYS UNLOAD THE CHAMBER OF ANY 
FIREARM BEFORE CROSSING A FENCE, 
CLIMBING A TREE, JUMPING A DITCH OR 
NEGOTIATING OTHER OBSTACLES. 

Never lean or place any loaded firearm on or 
against a fence, tree, car, or other similar object. 

14 WEAR EYE AND EAR PROTECTION WHEN 
SHOOTING. 



Unprotected, repeated exposure to gunfire can 
cause hearing damage. Wear ear protectors 
(shooting earplugs or muffs) to guard against 
such damage. Wear shooting glasses to 
protect your eyes from flying particles. 
Always keep a safe distance between the 
muzzle of your firearm and any persons 
nearby, as muzzle blast, debris and 
ejecting shells could inflict serious injur)'. Also, 
wear eye protection when disassembling and 
cleaning all firearms to prevent the possibility of 
springs, spring-tensioned pans, solvents or other 
agents from contacting your eyes. 

1 5 DROPPING A LOADED GUN CAN CAUSE AN 
ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE. 

This can occur even with a fireamis "safety" in 
the "on safe" position (remember, your Recoil- 
less has no manual safety). Re extremely careful 
while hunting or during any shooting activity, to 
avoid dropping any firearm. 

16 IF ANY FIREARM FAILS TO FIRE, KEEP THE 



loaded before disassembly, cleaning and 
reassembly. Keep ammunition away from the 
cleaning location. Never test the mechanical 
function of any firearm with live ammunition. 

19 SUPERVISE AND TEACH FIREARMS SAFETY 
TO ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMIL Y — 
ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN AND 
NONSHOOTERS. 

Closely supervise newcomers to the shooting 
spoits. Encourage enrollment in hunting/shoot- 
ing safety courses. 

20 NEVER DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR 
TAKE ANY TYPE OF DRUGS BEFORE OR 
DURING SHOOTING. 

Your vision and judgment could be dangerously 
impaired, making your gun handling unsafe to 
you and to others. 

21 PERFORM PERIODIC MAINTENANCE. AVOID 
UNAUTHORIZED SERVICING. 

Your new firearm is a mechanical device which 
will not last forever, and as such, is subject to 
wear and requires periodic inspection, adjust- 



MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. 

Hold this position for a minimum of 30 seconds. 
Carefully open the action and remove the shell 
or cartridge. If the primer is indented, the car- 
tridge should l)e disposed of in a way that can- 
not cause harm. If the primer is not indented, 
your firearm should be examined by a 
qualified gunsmith and the cause of the 
malfunction should be corrected before 
further use. 

1" BE DEFENSIVE AND ON GUARD AGAINST 
UNSAFE GUN HANDLING AROUND YOU AND 
OTHERS. 

Don't be timid when it comes to gun 
safety. If you observe other shooters 
violating any of these safety precautions, 
politely suggest safer handling practices. 

18 BE CERTAIN ANY FIREARM IS UNLOADED 
BEFORE CLEANING. 

Because so many gun accidents occur when a 
fireann is l>eing cleaned, special and extreme 
care should be taken to be sure your gun is un- 



ment, and service. Browning fireamis should he 
serviced by a Browning Recommended Service 
Center or by Browning's seivice facility in 
Arnold, Missouri. Browning cannot assume any 
responsibility for injuries suffered or caused by 
unauthorized servicing, alterations or modifica- 
tions of Browning firearms. 

22 BROWNING RESERVES THE RIGHT TO 

REFUSE SERVICE ON FIREARMS THA T HA VE 
BEEN ALTERED, ADDED TO OR SUBSTAN- 
TIALLY CHANGED. 

Removal of metal from barrel(s), or modification 
of the firing mechanism and/or operating parts 
may lead to Browning's refusal of service on 
such firearms. Browning will charge the owner 
for parts and labor to return the firearm to origi- 
nal Browning specifications. 

Read and heed all warnings in this instruction book, 
on ammunition lx)xes and with all accessories that 
you install on your firearm. It is your responsibility 
to secure the most up-to-date information on the 
safe handling procedures for your Browning gun. 



Browning assumes no liability for incidents which 
occur when unsafe or improper gun accessories or 
ammunition combinations are used. 

DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ALTER 
THE TRIGGER OR OTHER PARTS OF THE FIRING 
MECHANISM OF THIS OR ANY OTHER FIREARM. 

Fiaure 1 



FAILURE TO OBEY THIS WARNING MAY RESULT 
IN INJURY OR DEATH TO YOURSELF OR 
OTHERS. 

BE CAREFUL! 



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Receiver 



Barrel Rib 



Front Bead 



Stock 





Muzzle 



Trigger 
Guard 



Handle 



Cocking Lever 



Butt (Recoil Pad) 



Nomenclature 



In conventional gun terminology, the position and 
movement of gun pans are described as they occur 
with the gun horizontal and in normal firing posi- 
tion; i.e., the muzzle is forward or front; butt stock 



Serial Number 



The serial number of your Recoilless shotgun can be 
found on the right side of the receiver — just lx?low 
the ejection/loading port. Record this number for fu- 
ture reference. 



is rearward or rear: trigger is downward or under- 
neath; tlie rib is upward or on top. Tor general parts 
nomenclature refer to Figure l. 

General Operation 

The design of the Recoilless shotgun eliminates 
most recoil before it even starts. The Recoilless con- 
sists of an inner mechanism, composed of an inner 
receiver, bolt, striker system and barrel. This inner 
mechanism is driven forward, inside of an outer re- 
ceiver by a drive spring when the firing mechanism 
is cocked and released. A large portion of the recoil 
force is expended overcoming the inertia of the 
moving mass of the inner mechanism. After firing, 
the inner mechanism recoils lo the rear while com- 
pressing the drive spring until it strikes the buffer in 
the inner receiver, this absorbs additional recoil 
forces. 'Hie Recoilless is a bolt action design and is 
loaded through the use of a bolt handle. Locking 
lugs on the bolt provide exceptionally tight lockup 
and strength. Because trapshooting demands intense 
concentration on shooting technique, no manual 
safety is provided on the Recoilless shotgun. 



Ammunition 



All Recoilless Models are designed to shoot and 
function with 2 3/4" 12 gauge trap loads only. 
Browning can assume no resjxjnsibility for incidents 
which occur through the use of cartridges of non- 
standard dimension or those developing pressures 
in excess of industry' standards established by the 
Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Insti- 
tute (SAAMI). 

CAUTION: DO NOT USE 3" OR 3 1/2" SHOTGUN 
SHELLS IN ANY SHOTGUN OR BARREL WITH A 
2 3/4" CHAMBER. THE SIZE OF THE CHAMBER IS 
INSCRIBED ALONG WITH GAUGE AND CHOKE 
DESIGNATIONS, ON THE SIDE OF THE BARREL 



initial Cleaning 



Various exposed metal pans of your new Recoilless 
have been coated at the factory with a nist preven- 
tative compound. Clean the anti-aist compound 
from the inside of the barrel and chamber, and gen- 
erally wipe clean the metal surfaces at the rear of 
the forearm, on the interior areas of the receiver, as 



Fiqure 2 



Figure 3 




well as any other parts coated with this compound. 
Browning Oil is ideal for wiping and cleaning these 
pans and for giving your gun its first lubrication. 

Clean the barrel using a cleaning rod ami patch as 
explained under "'Cleaning Suggestions." Read this 
entire manual before performing the first cleaning. 
to learn necessary information on opening the ac- 
tion, etc. 



from a gun rack, always immediately inspect the ac- 
tion and check to assure that no shell is in the 
chamber. 

ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE OF YOUR RECOIL- 
LESS POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. 

FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE ABOVE INSTRUC- 
TIONS COULD RESULT IN INJURY OR DEATH TO 
YOURSELF OR OTHERS. 



No Manual Safety 



CAUTION: REMEMBER, THE RECOILLESS 
SHOTGUN HAS NO MANUAL SAFETY. THE 
RECOILLESS IS DESIGNED SOLELY FOR TRAP 
SHOOTING. 

A trap shooter does not load his or her gun until 
moments tefore a bird is called for. For this reason, 
and because trapsh(x>ting demands intense concen- 
tration on shooting technique, no manual safety is 
provided. Thea* is then no chance for a lost bird by 
reason of the safety l>eing inadvertently left "on 
safe." 

LOAD YOUR RECOILLESS TRAP GUN ONLY 
WHEN SHOOTING IS IMMINENT. ONCE LOADED, 
THIS GUN IS READY TO FIRE AND SHOULD BE 
RESPECTED AS SUCH. 

Always keep the muzzle of your shotgun pointed 
down range at all times when on the shooting line. 
When leaving or moving along the line always open 
the action. Never have the action of your Recoilless 
closed except when you are on the line, ready to 
shoot. When you retrieve your gun from its case or 



General Operating Procedures 

Your Recoilless shotgun has been shipped to you 
with the barrel in the forward position. This is the 
recommended position for storing your Recoilless. 
With the barrel in the forward position, and the ac- 
tion or bolt closed, your gun cannot be loaded or 
fired. In order to fire or load the Recoilless it is nec- 
essary to re-cock the barrel and action by means of 
the cocking lever. Storing your gun with the barrel 
in the forward position also puts less load on the 
drive spring. 

COCKING THE FOREARM— 

The cocking lever is located underneath the fore- 
arm. To get access to the cocking lever, mm the 
gun upside down and push back on the forearm 
latch (See Figure 2), this releases (he forearm. Raise 
the forearm until the cocking lever engages the 
notch on the surface of the barrel (See Figure 3). 
With the cocking lever engaged with the barrel 
notch, press the forearm down until the inner 
mechanism latches to the rear. 



Figure 4 




Figure 5 



action by means of the bolt handle 



VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT OVER EXERT PRES- 
SURE ON THE FOREARM. EXCESSIVE PRESSURE 
ON THE FOREARM AFTER COCKING COULD RE- 
SULT IN DAMAGE TO THE FOREARM. Turn the bar- 
rel upright and disengage the cocking lever from 
the barrel. Return the forearm to its latched posi- 
tion. Your Recoilless is now fully cocked and ready 
to be loaded. 

IMPORTANT: IF THE ACTION OF THE RECOIL- 
LESS SHOULD GO FORWARD WITHOUT THE 
GUN FIRING IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO RE- 




FIRING YOUR RECOILLESS — 

Willi the chamber loaded, and the lx)lt closed, the 
Recoilless is fired by simply pulling the trigger. 
Never pull the trigger unless the muzzle is pointed 
down range, at the clay target. Make sure other 
shooters, spectators, trap operators— are not down 
range. If there is any doubt about down range 
safety, open the action immediately and remove the 
shell until you are certain all conditions are safe. 



COCK THE BARREL AND ACTION BEFORE 
BEING ABLE TO LOAD OR FIRE YOUR GUN. 

LOADING — 

CAUTION: REMEMBER, THE RECOILLESS 
SHOTGUN HAS NO MANUAL SAFETY. LOAD 
YOUR RECOILLESS TRAP GUN ONLY WHEN 
SHOOTING IS IMMINENT. ONCE LOADED, THIS 
GUN IS READY TO FIRE AND SHOULD BE 
RESPECTED AS SUCH. AT ALL TIMES DURING 
THE LOADING AND UNLOADING PROCEDURES 
BE SURE YOUR MUZZLE IS POINTING DOWN 
RANGE, IN A SAFE DIRECTION. 

1 Open the action by pushing up on the bolt 
handle (.See Figure 4). 

2 Full the bolt handle fully to the rear until the 
boll or action stops and can go no further. 

3 Insert a shell into the ejection poil 

(See Figure 5) and close the bolt by pushing it 
fullv forward. 

4 The lx)lt is locked closed by pushing down on 
the bolt handle. 



UNLOADING — 



1 



Open the action by pushing up on the lx>lt 
handle, as explained previously, 

2 A fired shell will eject completely clear of the 
shotgun when the action is opened quickly and 
sharply to the rear. If you do not want your fired 
shell to eject far from your shotgun, open the 
action slowly. An unfired shell can then lx j eas- 
ily removed from the chamber with your fingers. 

If you will be ejecting shells onto the ground it 
is important to point the ejection port— by 
slightly canting the shotgun to the right— so the 
shell ejects clear of your body and face. 

Remember, never have the lw)lt of vour Recoilless 
closed except when you are on the line ready to 
shoot. It is a courtesy to other shooters, and a wise 
safety practice, to keep your action open at all other 
times. 



5 Your Recoilless is now ready to fire. 



Figure 6 



Figure 8 



Set at 6" above the point of aim. — 




Set at 9" above the point of aim 





(See Figure 7). To set point of impact at 9" above 
point of aim, insert and tighten the rib adjusting 
screw in the rear hole, the hole closest to the re- 
ceiver (See Figure 8). 

In most instances, an adjustment to the point of im- 
pact will necessitate a slight modification of the 
stock's comb height and drop through use of the 
adjustable stock and recoil pad in order to establish 
a correct sight picture. 



RIB ADJUSTMENTS— 

Adjusting Point of Impact — 

BEFORE PERFORMING THESE AND ANY 
ADJUSTMENTS, ALWAYS MAKE CERTAIN 
THERE ARE NO SHELLS IN THE CHAMBER. 

Point of impact is determined by patterning a shot- 
gun and determining the relationship Ix'tween 
where you were aiming and where the actual center 
of the pattern is. The Recoilless comes preset with 
the point of impact approximately 6" above the 
point of aim at 40 yards (See Figure 6). Point of im- 
pact above the actual aiming point allows you to 
keep the clay bird in view constantly — just above 
the rib — as you swing and shwi. 

The Recoilless has a point of impact adjustment 
range of approximately 3" to 9" above point of aim 
at 40 yards. Three approximate ranges of adjustment 
are available: 3", 6" and 9". The front hole, the hole 
nearest the muzzle, is for 3" high. To set point of 
impact 3" alx)ve point of aim, simply insert the rib 
adjusting screw and tighten it into the front hole 



STOCK AND RECOIL PAD ADJUSTMENTS— 

The stock and recoil pad on the Recoilless are adjust- 
able for drop and length of pull. The Recoilless shot- 
gun has been designed to accommodate any shooter 
regardless of size or shooting style. The adjustable 
stock and recoil pad give the shooter a customized 
fit and allow you to shoot where you want to shoot. 

Adjusting the Stock— 

Adjusting the drop at the comb allows you to align 
your eye perfectly with the plane of the rib. A correct 
sight picture for most shooters should have you 
looking down the rib with the bottom of the front 
bead resting on the top of the middle bead. This 
forms a "figure eight" or "stacked" configuration. Al- 
though some of the rib will show as you look down 
the barrel, no rib should show l>etween the l>eads. 
An adjustable stock allows you to line up correctly 
and consistently each time you shoot. A stock that is 
too high will make the shooter look over the end of 
the barrel and shoot high. Consequently, a stock that 
fits the face too low will make the shooter shoot low. 



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style, and exterior finish. 


Do not order parts using key numbers. 








KEY NO. 


PART NO. 


DESCRIPTION 


KEY NO. PART NO. 


DESCRIPTION 


01 


P940001 


Action Outlet 


52 


P940180 


Innet Receiver Link 


02 


P940003 


Assembly Key 


53 


P940183 


Inner Receiver Link Retaining Pin 


03 


P940005 


Assembly Key 8 Trigger Guard Screw 


54 


P208234 


Middle Sight Ivory Coiot 


04 


P940008 


Assembly Wrench 


55 


P940186 


O-Ring 


05 


P940011 


Barrel Bracket Center 


57 


P940194 


Place Nut "A" 


06 


P94C014 


Barrel Bracket Center Screw 


58 


P941194 


Place Nut "B" 


07 


P94C016 


Battel Btackei From 


59 


P940197 


Place Screw 


08 


P940018 


Battel Btackei Pin 


60 


P940200 


Receiver Back 


10 


P940034 


Boil 


61 


P940204 


Recoil Butler 


11 


P94QG37 


Boil Assembly Screw 


62 


P940206 


Recoil Pad Assy- 


12 


P940O40 


8cfl Handle 


63 


P940208 


Rib Adjusting Sctew 


13 


P940044 


8cfl Slide 


64 


P940210 


Rib Front 30' STD 


14 


P940049 


Suit Pad Retainer 


64 


P940214 


Rib Ftonl 27' MICRO 


15 


P940052 


Bull Pad Retainer Pin 


65 


P940217 


Rib Insert 


16 


P940055 


Bull Pad Retainer Spnng 


66 


P940220 


Rib Pivol Plug 


17 


P9J0058 


Bun Pad Shoe 


67 


P940223 


Rib Pivol Socket 


18 


P94Q062 


Bull Pad Shoe Screw Long 


68 


P940226 


Rib Reat 


19 


P940065 


Butt Pad Shoe Screw Shod 


69 


P940230 


Sear Assy. Pin 


20 


P940068 


Butt Pad Spacer 


70 


P940232 


Sear Assy. Pin Relating Pin 


21 


P940074 


Bull Stock Std. 


71 


P940235 


Sear Lmk 


21 


P940078 


Butl StOCk Micro 


72 


P940238 


Sear Link Pin 


22 


P940082 


Butl Stock Bolt Long 


73 


P940240 


Seat Link Pivot Pin 


23 


P940084 


Bull Stock Bolt Short 


74 


P940242 


Seat Link Pivol Pin Ret. Pin 


24 


P940087 


Butt Stock Bolt Lock Washer 


75 


P940245 


Seat Over Travel Adj. Screw 


25 


P940090 


Butl Stock Bolt Washer 


76 


P940248 


Seat Pivoi 


26 


P940094 


Cocking Lever 


77 


P940252 


Sear Spring 


27 


P940097 


Cocking Level Hinge Assy. 


76 


P940256 


Sliding Sear 


28 


P940102 


Cocking Levet Pin 


79 


P940258 


Sliding Seat Spring 


29 


P940105 


Detent Spring 


60 


P940262 


Striker 


30 


P940108 


Detent Spring Pin 


81 


P940265 


Sinker Assy. Pin 


31 


P940110 


Drive Spring 


82 


P940268 


Strike! Rebound Spring 


32 


P940112 


Drive Spring Follower 


83 


P940272 


SlrikerSear 


33 


P940115 


Drive Spring Follower Pin 


84 


P940275 


Striker Seat Latch 


34 


P940118 


Drive Spring Tub© 


85 


P940278 


Striker Seat Spring 


35 


P940121 


Drive Spnng Tube Plug 


86 


P940280 


Striker Spring Innet 


36 


P940124 


Drive Spring Tube Plug Pin 


87 


P940282 


Striket Spring Outer 


37 


P940128 


Ejector 


88 


P940286 


Trigger 


38 


P940131 


Ejector Pin 


89 


P94029O 


Trigget Connector 


39 


P940134 


Extractor 


90 


P940293 


Trigget Connector Pin 


40 


P940138 


Extractor Pin 


91 


P940296 


Trigget Connector Spring 


41 


P940140 


Extractor Spring 


92 


P94030O 


Trigger Guard 


42 


P940144 


forearm 


93 


P940304 


Trigger Pin 


43 


P940151 


Forearm Latch Plate Assy. 


94 


P940308 


Trigger Slide 


44 


P940157 


Forearm Latch Spring 


95 


P940311 


Triggei Slide Pin 


45 


P940160 


Forearm Assy. Mounting Screw 


96 


P940314 


Trigget Slide Spring 


46 


P208180 


Front Sight, While Ivory Color 








47 


P940164 


Inner Receiver Lalch 








48 


P940168 


Inner Receiver Latch Pin 








49 


P940170 


Inner Receiver Lalch Release 








50 


P940174 


Inner Receiver Latch Release Pin 








51 


P940177 


Inner Recervet Latch Spring 









Fiaure 9 




Fiaure 12 



ff% Loosen the butt stock bolt. 




Fiaure 11 



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The drop measurement is determined by measuring 
the distance Ix'tween the plane formed by the top 
of the rib and the top of the cheek piece itself (See 
Figure 9). 

BEFORE PERFORMING ANY ADJUSTMENTS, 
ALWAYS MAKE CERTAIN THERE IS NO SHELL IN 
THE CHAMBER. 



The stock on the Recoilless can be pivoted up or 
down to adjust drop. 

I Remove the recoil pad by inserting the long end 
of the alien wrench (supplied with your gun) 
into the bottom hole on the back of the recoil 
pad. Push down on the alien wrench to depress 
the butt pad retainer (See Figure 10). With the 
butt pad retainer depressed you will be able to 
slide the recoil pad and butt stock assembly up 
and off the stock (See Figure 11). 

Locate the butt stock bolt and loosen (See Figure 
12). 

Pivot the stock either up or down to your de- 
sired setting. (See Figure 13). Once you've found 
a position that gives you a correct sight picture, 
tighten the butt slock bolt. 

DROP ADJUSTMENTS ARE A MATTER OF 
TRIAL AND ERROR. ADJUST A LITTLE AT A 
TIME UNTIL YOU OBTAIN THE DESIRED 
SIGHT PICTURE. 



7 



3 



Figure 14 




Figure 16 



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Ltd 

V 
V 

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Recoil pad set at the lowest sett 

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Figure 17 




utt pad shoe. 




4 Replace the recoil pad by sliding it back onto 
the stock while depressing the butt pad retainer 
(See Figure 14). The recoil pad should solidly 
snap in place. 

Adjusting the Recoil Pad — 

When properly shouldered, your shotgun should 
nestle into the pocket of your shoulder. Once you 
have made adjustments to the drop you may find it 
necessary to adjust the recoil pad to obtain a perfect 
fit. The recoil pad on the Recoilless can be set at 
two different settings in the downward position. 

1 Adjust the recoil pad by inserting the long end 
of the alien wrench (supplied with your gun) 
into the bottom hole on the back of the recoil 
pad. Push down on the alien wrench to depress 
the butt pad retainer. 

2 With the butt pad retainer depressed, slide the 
recoil pad downward until the butt pad retainer 
catches the next setting (See Figure 15). 

3 To move the recoil pad to the lowest setting, 
insert the alien wrench in the middle hole in the 
recoil pad and depress the butt pad retainer. 



Slide the recoil pad until it catches 
(.See Figure 16). 

Adjusting Length of Pull — 

The length of pull is the distance from the front of 
the gun's trigger to the center of the butt stock. A 
length of pull that is too short puts the shooter's 
face too far up on the stock. A length of pull that is 
too long forces the shooter to mount the gun on the 
edge of their shoulder or arm. Length of pull on the 
Recoilless is adjusted through the use of four inter- 
changeable spacers. Each spacer is 1/4" in thickness. 
Length of pull for the Micro Recoilless can be set at 
13"> 13 1/4", 13 1/2" and 13 3/4". Length of pull for 
the Standard Recoilless can be set at 14", 14 1/4", 14 
1/2" and 14 3/4". 

1 Remove the recoil pad by inserting the long end 
of the alien wrench into the bottom hole on the 
back of the recoil pad. Push down on the alien 
wrench to depress the butt pad retainer and 
slide the recoil pad up and off the stock. 

2 Remove the two butt pad shoe screws (See Fig- 
ure 17) and remove the butt pad shoe. 



Increase the length 
of pull by adding 
interchangeable 
spacers. 




Fioure 19 



3 With the butt pad shoe removed, fit a butt pad 

spacer on the stock (See Figure 18). 

4 Replace (he butt pad shoe by replacing and 
lightening the butt pad shoe screws and sliding 
buck on the recoil pad. 

5 If length of pull is still too short, repeat steps 1 
and 2: removing the recoil pad and butt pad 
shoe. Stack another butt pad spacer onto the last 




rels only (.745" + - .005), and are not interchange- 
able with standard 12 gauge Invector choke lutes. 
Do not use Invector Plus tubes in barrels threaded 
for Standard Invector tubes. Do not use Standard 
Invector tubes in barrels threaded for Invector Plus 
tubes. Failure to follow these warnings may cause 
damage to your gun and cause injury to yourself 
and others. 

DO NOT FIRE THIS SHOTGUN WITHOUT HA VING 
AN INVECTOR CHOKE TUBE INSTALLED. 



spacer (See Figure \9) and replace the butt pad 
shoe and recoil pad. Repeat the procedure again 
if necessary. 

ADJUSTING THE LENGTH OF PULL CAN BE A 
MATTER OF TRIAL AND ERROR. 

Invector-Plus Choke Tube System 

The Recoilless shotgun features a barrel fitted with 
the Invector-Plus choke tube system. The Invector- 
Plus system is a screw in choke tube system with in- 
terchangeable tubes. You can confirm this by read- 
ing the inscription on the right side of the barrel. 
The words INVECTOR-PLUS mean your shotgun 
uses the Invector-Plus choke tube system designed 
for use in Browning 12 gauge shotguns with back- 
bored barrels. The extra length, combined with spe- 
cial tube tapers, gives the finest possible patterns for 
target shooters. Plus, you retain the same choke 
switching convenience of the Standard Invector sys- 
tem. Invector Tubes are fully steel and lead shot 
compatible. A special "Plus" choke tube wrench is 
provided to remove and tighten these tubes. 

CAUTION: Invector-Plus tubes are for use in 
Browning shotguns with Browning back-bored bar- 



PERMANENT DAMAGE MA Y RESULT TO THE 
THREADS. 

DO NOT USE BROWNING INVECTOR CHOKE 
TUBES IN ANY SHOTGUN BARRELS NOT 
SUPPLIED BY BROWNING. ALSO, DO NOT USE 
ANY OTHER CHOKING DEVICE IN ANY SHOTGUN 
BARRELS SUPPLIED BY BROWNING. USE ONLY 
THE APPROPRIATE GAUGE AND TYPE OF 
CHOKE TUBES MARKED INVECTOR OR 
INVECTOR-PLUS. 

CAUTION: WHENEVER HANDLING ANY SHOT- 
GUN FOR THE PURPOSE OF REMOVING OR 
INSTALLING A CHOKING DEVICE, MAKE 
ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THE GUN IS FULLY 
UNLOADED, AND THE ACTION IS OPEN! NEVER 
ATTEMPT TO REMOVE OR INSTALL A SHOTGUN 
CHOKING DEVICE ON A LOADED FIREARM! 

TUBE REMOVAL— 

1 Fully unload your Recoilless. 

ALWAYS UNLOAD YOUR SHOTGUN - FULLY. 
INSPECT THE CHAMBER TO MAKE SURE IT 
DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY SHELLS. 



Figure 20 




2 Open the action using the lx>lt handle as ex- 
plained previously. 

3 Use the Invector wrench to loosen the tube, 
turning it counterclockwise. Finger twist the tulw 
the rest of the way out of the barrel. 

TUBE INSTALLATION— 

1 Fully unload your Recoilless. 

ALWAYS UNLOAD YOUR RECOILLESS — FULLY. 



Canadian customers please call or write to 
Browning Canada Sports Lid./Ltee, 5617 Chemin 
St-Francois, St-Laurent, Quebec, Canada H4S 1\V6. 

(514) 333-7261. 

INVECTOR TUBE IDENTIFICATION — 

To identify individual Invector tubes, refer to the ab- 
breviated indications on the side of the tube, or m<; 

the identification notches located on the top rim of 
each tube. (See Figure 20.) 

SELECTING THE CORRECT 
INVECTOR CHOKE TUBE — 

Although your Recoilless is designed solely for tar- 
gel use with lead shot loads, the Inveetor-Plus 
choke system is fully compatible with factory steel 
shot loads as well. On the chart on the next page 
we have included steel shot information in addition 
to the lead shot choke/pattern specifications you 
will need. Both lead and steel designations have 
proven necessary for hunters using other Browning 
guns witli standard Invector and Invector-Plus tubes 
because in any given lube, steel shot gives a differ- 



INSPECT THE CHAMBER TO MAKE SURE IT 
DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY SHELLS. 

2 Open the action using the bolt handle. 

3 Before installing a tube, check the internal 
choke tul)e threads in the muzzle, as well as the 
threads on the Invector choke tube lo be sure 
they are clean. Lightly oil the threads with an oil 
like Browning Oil. 

4 Using your fingers, screw the appropriate tube 
into the muzzle end of the barrel, tapered end 
first, notched end outward. When it becomes 
finger-tight, use the Invector choke tube wrench 
to firmly seat the tube. 

THE INVECTOR-PLUS CHOKE TUBE SHOULD BE 
PERIODICALLY CHECKED TO ASSURE THAT IT 
IS TIGHT AND FIRMLY SEATED. BEFORE 
CHECKING, FOLLOW THE SAFETY GUIDELINES 
OUTLINED PREVIOUSLY 

Replacement and additional tubes and wrenches are 
available from your Browning dealer, or by writing 
to the Browning Consumer Department, 
One Browning Place, Morgan, Utah 84050-9326. 
(801) 876-2711. 



en! pattern than lead shot. In fact, even larger steel 
shot diameters result in different paiterns than 
smaller steel shot sizes. Each designation is in- 
scribed on each choke tube. Remember, you will 
only need to refer to the lead shot designations when 
selecting a proper tube for your Recoilless, as your 
new shotgun is unsuitable for hunting use. 

Cleaning Suggestions 



The Recoilless is a target gun, and as such will func- 
tion better and more reliably over a longer period of 
time if it is properly maintained and kept clean. 

BEFORE PERFORMING ANY CLEANING 
PROCEDURES, ALWAYS MAKE CERTAIN THERE 
IS NO SHELL IN THE CHAMBER. 

You should clean your Recoilless after every day of 
shooting, and more often if it becomes excessively 
dirty. A minimum cleaning includes wiping down 
the action and oiling key parts. Most regular mainte- 
nance will also include cleaning the barrel. If you 
encounter a function problem be sure to give your 
gun a thorough cleaning, to see if it solves the prob- 
lem, before seeking the services of a Browning Rec- 



ommendcd Service Center or the Browning Service 
Facility in Arnold, Missouri, or a competent 
gunsmith. 

CLEANING PROCEDURES — 3 

BE CERTAIN YOUR GUN'S CHAMBER IS 
UNLOADED. ALWAYS WEAR PROTECTIVE 
SAFETY GLASSES DURING ALL ASSEMBLY, 
DISASSEMBLY AND CLEANING PROCEDURES. 
KEEP AMMUNITION AWAY FROM THE CLEANING 
AREA. DO NOT TEST THE FUNCTION OF YOUR 
FIREARM WITH LIVE AMMUNITION. 4 

1 Using a shotgun denning rod, with tip and patch 
large enough lor a snug fit in the lx)re. insert the 
rcxl and lightly oiled patch in the muzzle end of 5 
the barrel and run hack and forth several times. 

Inspect the chamber and bore for leading and 
plastic residue. Plastic residue is often left in the 
bore from the shot cups in modern shotshells. 
Leading and plastic residue will appear as longi- 
tudinal streaks and are usually more predomi- 



7 



nam near lite muzzle and just forward of the 
chamber. A normal amount of either is common 
and is not serious. 

If leading or plastic residue seems excessive you 
can remove it by brushing the Ixire with a brass 
brush. Soak the brush or spray the bore with 
powder solvent first. Scrub until clean. To pre- 
vent bristles from breaking off. push the brush 
fully through each time before pulling it back 
through. 

After all leading and residues have been re- 
moved run a clean dry patch through the bore. 
Follow this with a final, lightly oiled patch. 

The interior of the receiver should periodically 
be wiped off with a clean rag. Any dried oil in 
the receiver area should also be removed. Fol- 
low this cleaning with a very light film of oil. Do 
not pour large quantities of oil into the action. 
An excess of oil will run into the wood and 
cause it to soften or warp. 



12 Gauge Invector Plus Tu 



Rim Notches 



Choke Designation 
With LEAD 



Choke Designation 
With STEEL 



X on rim of tul>e 


X-Full Special 


B 


I 


Full 


* 


II 


Improved Modified 


Full' 


III 


Modified 


Full 1 


IIII 


Improved Cylinder 


Modified 


IIIII 


Skeet 


Improved Cylinder 


no notches 


Cylinder 


Cylinder 



*l)o nor use nith steel shot, t'sinji <m otvr-tight cboke constriction uitb steel fbftt (till mull in an iwff<xtii\\ "Wowvj " pattern. 

1 Wfavj mm than one choke ilesigmttioit Is listvtlfor a Ritvn steel ttwt pattmh M» the won? tfMi eboLv listed for high ivtocity. larger shot size steel shot Ivatis 




6 Wipe all exposed metal surfaces with an oiled 
cloth making sure to wipe clean all finger marks. 
Put a couple drops of oil on the barrel where it 
slides inside the barrel bracket and on the barrel 
where ii enters the forearm (See Figure 21). 



7 Wipe all wood surfaces with Browning Oil or a 
quality furniture polish, but not Ixrfk 

8 Inspect the barrel and chamber TO BE CER- 
TAIN NO PATCHES HA VE INADVERTENTL Y 

BEEN LEFT IN THEM. 

NEVER ATTEMPT TO TAKE YOUR RECOILLESS 
APART FURTHER THAN EXPLAINED IN THIS 
MANUAL 

This is a specialized, finely fitted mechanism. You 
may permanently mar it by attempting to disas- 
semble the inner mechanism assemblies. If further 
disassembly for service or cleaning is required, take 
your gun to a Browning recommended Service Cen- 
ter or a competent gunsmith, or send it to our 
Arnold, Missouri Service Facility as explained under 
"Service or Repair." 



Service or Repair 

If your firearm -should require service or re- 
pairs, we suggest you first contact a local 
recommended Browning Firearms Service 
Center. Contact your Browning spoiling 
goods dealer or call our Service Depart- 
ment for the address of the Service Center 
nearest you. Otherwise, you may send 
your firearm directly to our own Service 
Department. For technical questions about 
your firearm or service call our Service 
Department. 

Browning Service Department 
3005 Arnold Tenbrook Road 
Arnold, Missouri 63010-9406 
Phone: 1-800-322-4626 

Canadian Customers call or write: 

Browning Canada Sports Ltd./Ltee, 
5617 Chemin St-Francois 
St-Laurent, Quebec H4S 1W6 
Phone: (514) 333-7261 



When returning your firearm for servicing, 
you must do the following: 

a. Be sure it is completely unloaded. 

b. Package it securely in a cardboard 
container. 

c. Enclose a letter with your firearm 
that clearly describes the trouble 
experienced and the repairs or 
alterations desired. 

d. If convenient, .send a copy of the 
letter to us separately. 

e. Never return ammunition with your 
firearm. It is against postal and most 
commerce regulations. 

If you have any questions about this 
manual or about any other Browning 
products, call or write our Consumer 
Information Department: 

Browning Consumer Information 
Morgan, Utah 84050 
Phone:(801)876-2711